JJBs, CWS Function HC’s ‘Main Concern’ 

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SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Friday said that proper functioning of juvenile justice boards and child welfare committee was its main concern. 

Hearing a suo-moto Public Interest Litigation, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice D S Thakur also sought a report from the Police on creation of Juvenile Police Units besides sought report from government about proper functioning of Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs), Child Care Institutions (CCIs) and observation homes.

In the meantime, the court received the suggestions with regard to facilities and programmes for both children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection from Ms Bharti Ali, HAQ, New Delhi.

Ms Bharti Ali, HAQ, Centre for Child rights, New Delhi was directed earlier to provide a list of facilities and programmes which are required to be provided and are being provided in Child Care Homes

(both for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection).

Court directed the registry to forward these suggestions to Chief Secretary as these suggestions are valuable and deserved to be considered by the authorities.

With regard to 14 JJBs which are still without Principal Magistrates, court has been informed by the state counsel for SWD that these JJBs are working properly as the job of Principal Magistrates is taken care of by Judicial Magistrates of their jurisdiction till absorption of Principal Magistrates are made on regular basis. 

Counsels appearing for petitioner advocate Shah Faisal and advocate Omais Kawoosa have been asked to physically visit these boards in order to find out whether these boards are functioning properly or not as the chairperson of Selection cum over sight committee in the report has said that the impediment to the JJBs is non availability of proper staff.

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